Study: Grapefruit Mixed with Prescription Drugs Can Lead to Death

| by Michael Allen

David Bailey, a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario, recently wrote an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, which claims that when some prescription drugs are mixed with grapefruit, the mixture can lead to serious problems, even death.

Bailey wrote that 85 drugs, prescribed for common medical conditions, are known to interact dangerously with grapefruit, reports

Bailey wrote: “How big a problem are such interactions? Unless health care professionals are aware of the possibility that the adverse event they are seeing might have an origin in the recent addition of grapefruit to the patient’s diet, it is very unlikely that they will investigate it."

Grapefruit inhibits an enzyme that metabolizes ingested drugs, resulting in the drugs entering the bloodstream at full force, which can lead to overdosing.

Some of the drugs known to interact with grapefruit include anti-cancer agents, heart drugs, pain medications and drugs to treat schizophrenia.

Drinking a single glass of grapefruit juice with medication can lead to serious side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, breathing problems and sudden death.